From decades of decadence and a rock and roll lifestyle, rock and roll's top acts from the 60's, 70's, and 80's are coming to an arena or festival near you. They're not in the shape they used to be, and injuries are bound to happen. The bands making headlines may need to invest in some medical staff, equipment, and maybe an ambulance to tour with them on the road. Fans are still going to go see these bands as long as they will tour, giving them a chance to listen to the music they grew up with. Right alongside them will be a new generation of fans who would otherwise never have the chance to see them live on stage.

The 80's

Shortly after Guns 'N Roses announced their "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour this year, Axl Rose broke his foot, had surgery and has already been back on stage. Rose will also be touring as the frontman for AC/DC's "Rock Or Bust" tour, replacing long-time frontman Brian Johnson who decided to come off the road due to hearing issues.

The 70's

Kiss is back with more than 40 years of touring the world under their makeup, on their "Freedom To Rock" tour. Paul Stanley was off the road having shoulder surgery instead of performing at a benefit, leaving the band to perform as a trio. Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was in the hospital with what turned out to be exhaustion and dehydration.

The 60's

Rockers like Paul McCartney, who has a new compilation coming out are still very much in the game. There are talks of a three day event with the former Beatle, the Rolling Stones (already on tour), Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young, and Rodger Waters out in Indigo, California in October. No injuries or health issues of the oldest set of rockers have been reported so far.

Times have changed

You won't have to injure yourself to buy tickets to see a rock show, but it may cost you an arm and leg. Ticket sales in the 1960's to see a rock concert were $4.00 to $7.00. Today most nosebleed seats are $35.00 to $75.00 to see your favorite band, and front row seats can now reach hundreds of dollars.

Concert shirts, once less than $10.00 are now in the $30.00 to $40.00 range. Concession stands are much more expensive as well for refreshments.

Other rock bands on tour to see this year

Not known to have any injuries at this time, here are just a few classic rock and roll acts who are also on tour:


Black Sabbath

Bonnie Raitt

Dead and Company (John Mayer joins remaining members of the Grateful Dead)

Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla are co-headlining and touring together.


Greg Allman

John Fogerty

Paul Rogers

Pearl Jam

Peter Frampton


Steve Miller Band


ZZ Top

From partial reunions to bands who've never really stopped touring, they may be coming to a venue near you.

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